Transparency International (TI) will launch the 2010 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 10am today in Berlin. Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI) will be launching the data tomorrow, Wednesday 27 October.

The CPI ranks countries/territories across the globe based on how corrupt a country's public sector is perceived to be. The CPI reflects views from around the world, including those of experts living and working in the countries/territories evaluated.

Data is collected by expert and business surveys focussing on abuse of public power, asking question around issues such as bribery of public officials, embezzlement of public funds and the effectiveness of anti-corruption efforts in the public sector.

The data from the surveys is used to calculate a single score for each country and the countries are then ranked from one to 178. Countries with low rankings are perceived as less corrupt and countries with higher rankings are perceived as more corrupt.

TSI is holding a press conference on Wednesday, 27 October, 2010 to release the results of the CPI to the media. The rankings will be available to the public following the launch.